Real Madrid will play in Valladolid if there are restrictions in the capital

Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Valladolid to play for José Zorrilla as their home league matches if health restrictions prevent them from holding matches at Alfredo Di Stéfano or Santiago Bernabéu at any time. Thus, those of Zidane will dispute their commitments in Pucela if the provisions of the authorities prevent their celebration in the capital. Curiously, the first home game for the whites, on Wednesday, September 30, is against Valladolid, corresponding to the fourth day of LaLiga Santander.

Real Madrid Shield / Flag

The blanquivioleta coliseum has been designated by Madrid as an alternative field to comply with the provisions of section seven of the ninth provision of the First and Second Division competition rules for this season. The regulations contemplate the scenario that clubs cannot use their usual stadiums, either because the measures taken at some point by the health authorities prevent mobility in that territory or, simply, the use of the sports facility is not allowed . To avoid postponements for these assumptions, The RFEF urges the clubs to communicate before tomorrow Friday an alternative stadium outside their autonomous community. For example, on the one hand, Fuenlabrada and Malaga have reached an agreement to exchange their stadiums in case either of the two clubs needs to host their rivals outside their autonomous community. Villarreal and Espanyol have also done the same with each other.

In this way, The white club is covered in the event that a confinement (total or partial) of the capital or the entire Community of Madrid or a positive in Valdebebas or the Bernabéu prevents it from having its playing field. It should be noted that the Madrid Deputy Minister of Health, Antonio Zapatero, announced on Wednesday that the regional government is studying the implementation of confinements by zones and tightening restrictions in other areas as of this weekend. The concrete measures must be announced tomorrow, Friday.

Shield / Real Valladolid Flag

On the other hand, The Junta de Castilla y León maintains restrictions since September 3 in Valladolid due to the epidemiological situation of the city. Some measures, equivalent to those of Phase 1 of the de-escalation, which have been prolonged until, at least, this next Wednesday, September 23.

After the aforementioned match against Valladolid, in October and November, Madrid only have three league games scheduled at home. Against him Cadiz (6th day, October 17), the Huesca (8th day, October 31) and the Alaves (11th day, November 28). Then he has three games in ten days: the derby against him Athletic (13th day, December 13), the visit of the Athletic (December 16, ahead of the 19th round of the Spanish Super Cup) and that of the Pomegranate (15th day, December 23).

Champions League pending

Once the alternative stadium for the League has been decided, it remains to be seen what would happen if the celebration of a Champions League match had to be moved. For now UEFA has only released the regulations for the qualifying rounds, which are still ongoing. According to these, local clubs must inform the European confederation of the travel restrictions in force in their country. If the visiting club is unable to travel or suffers restrictions on their return to their country, the local clubs must designate a neutral field in a UEFA member country that does not impose restrictions on the countries of origin of either team.

That rule contemplates giving the game for lost 3-0 if any of the teams fail to comply with their obligation to inform UEFA of their particular circumstances; is unable, in the case of the home team, to organize the match in an alternative venue; or, directly, give up playing the game.

The group stage of the top continental competition begins on October 20 and the draw will take place on October 1 at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland..